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Top 100 Goalies of All-Time

Top 100 Goalies of All-Time

In our annual Collector's Edition, we countdown down the Top 100 goalies of all-time and tell the story of each. It's 140 pages packed with everything about the game's best masked men.

Top 100

92. ILYA BRYZGALOV

BORN June 22, 1980, Togliatti, USSR NHL CAREER 2001-15 TEAMS Ana, Phx, Phi, Edm, Min STATS 221-162-54, 2.58 GAA, .912 SP, 34 SO ALL-STAR 1 (Second-1) STANLEY CUPS 1 IT’S TIME TO PLAY the Ilya Bryzgalov Word Association Game. Quick, select the phrase that matches him best: “Stanley Cup winner.” “Vezina Trophy runner-up.” “Humungous big.” We all know the answer is “Humungous big.” Bryzgalov holds the Arizona Coyotes’ single-season wins record at 42. He’s third among all Russian goaltenders in NHL career games, wins and shutouts. He finished top-10 in the league in save percentage three times. Yet his off-ice exploits dwarf anything he accomplished wearing a mask and pads. Bryzgalov was already a top-shelf goalie by the time HBO camera crews arrived in the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room to film the hit 24/7 series during…

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17. TONY ESPOSITO

BORN April 23, 1943, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. NHL CAREER 1968-1984 TEAMS Mtl, Chi STATS 423-306-152, 2.93 GAA, .906 SP, 76 SO ALL-STAR 5 (First-3, Second-2) TROPHIES 4 (Vezina-3, Calder-1) STANLEY CUPS 1 TONY ESPOSITO GREW up old-school when it came to hockey. As a youth in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he got to see one game a week on TV: Hockey Night in Canada with Foster Hewitt on Saturday night. By the age of 12, he began to notice something. “I was watching the goalies,” he said. “The guy would shoot from the blueline and the goalies would be standing up. How did they see through all the players in front of them?” So when Esposito got into the crease, he started dropping down and spreading out. On deflections, he found…

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79. JIM HENRY

BORN Oct. 23, 1920, Winnipeg, Man. NHL CAREER 1941-55 TEAMS NYR, Chi, Bos STATS 161-174-69, 2.84 GAA, 28 SO ALL-STAR 1 (Second-1) IT’S NOT OFTEN A goaltender finds a second life in the NHL, but that’s what happened to ‘Sugar’ Jim Henry. Henry burst onto the scene with the New York Rangers at 21 in 1941-42, leading the league in wins and tying Walter ‘Turk’ Broda for the most minutes played. New York finished tops in the NHL for the first time ever but lost to Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. The Second World War called Henry after that, and he didn’t play in the NHL again until 1945-46. He struggled to find his range and headed to the USHL (a senior league at the time) for a season and…

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22. JOHNNY BOWER

BORN Nov. 8, 1924, Prince Albert. Sask. NHL CAREER 1953-1969 TEAMS NYR, Tor STATS 250-192-90, 2.51 GAA, .921 SP, 37 SO ALL-STAR 1 (First-1) TROPHIES 2 (Vezina-2) STANLEY CUPS 4 IT WOULD BE PURE folly to suggest Johnny Bower belongs in the pantheon of the truly all-time great goaltenders in NHL history. The fact is, he wasn’t even the best goalie in the six-team NHL when he played, nor is he even considered the best to ever play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even Bower thought Turk Broda was better than he was. But there is definitely something about Bower than makes him special. Perhaps it’s the fact he was such a genuinely decent person for the 93 years he occupied Earth. It might have had something to do with him not…